Have you ever come across an unmarked trail while hiking or climbing that seems to be frequently used? Chances are, you’ve stumbled upon a social trail. What are Social Trails? Social trails are informal pathways that are formed by human foot traffic, often in response to recreational activities such as climbing. Climbers, in particular, tend … More Understanding Social Trails and Their Impact on the Environment
As the sun comes out, many of us are eager to return to the crag. Before jumping back on your project, make sure to take rock quality into consideration. When climbing on sedimentary rock, like the sandstone at Castle Rock or Mount Diablo, it is important to ensure the rock is dry before climbing. Applying … More Reminder: Rock Quality
You’re climbing up a route, and suddenly you notice the next bolt looks different from the previous ones you clipped into. Is it super rusty? A spinner? Does it look warped or modified? Or does it just seem “off”? Whatever the reason, it’s crucial to identify these variances and be sure the bolt is safe … More Bomber vs Sketchy Bolts
Climbers often mark important or hard to see holds with chalk, resulting in what we call a tick mark. We, as climbers, may find it visually appealing, but other patrons of the area or land managers don’t always agree. It’s an obvious mark that a climber has been there and many non-climbers consider it unsightly. … More Tick Marks: The Climber’s Graffiti
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